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UConn FB practice notes: Coach P on Hathaway, Nebrich leading?

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A few notes from the UConn football team’s Saturday morning workout, which drew about 300 fans to the grass fields high atop the Storrs campus:

– Head coach Paul Pasqualoni, who was obviously a supporter of embattled UConn AD Jeff Hathaway, offered a few words on his now former boss Saturday.

“I would thank Jeff for all he’s done for UConn football,” Pasqualoni said. “This program has gone a long way in a short period of time. What he did here is appreciated.”

– True freshman QB Mike Nebrich may have inched ahead in the quarterback race. That’s my feeling from watching for a few days. Nothing is set in stone and the coaches insist it’s still a four-horse race but we’ll see.

Nebrich made a couple nice plays today, but Johnny McEntee had some big throws, too, and Scott McCummings still seemingly played a lot.

“No. We haven’t made any decisions,” Pasqualoni said. “We’re just constantly changing the rotation of who is doing what.”

Pasqualoni did have some positive things to say about Nebrich, however.

“He’s pushing himself. He’s getting a little bit more focused,” Pasqualoni said. “He’s starting to understand that this stuff ‘isn’t maybe as easy as I thought it was going to be.’ I think that realization hits you right between the eyes when you get to the third week of camp.”

For what it’s worth, the UConn defense looks to be so far ahead of the offense at times it’s hard to evaluate the QB’s.

– LB Sio Moore returned to practice after missing some time with an unknown injury. He didn’t look very slow or bothered by any nagging injury problems.

– WR Isiah Moore, WR Geremy Davis and RB Lyle McCombs all sported medical jerseys (a big red plus, kind of like the Red Cross logo) and were limited in practice. McCombs, however, did participate in almost every drill while the other two were really restricted. None of the injuries appeared too serious, however.

– TE Corey Manning remained on the sidelines with an undisclosed injury.

– Saturday was the last of the two-a-days for the Huskies.

– The offensive line starters appear almost set: LT-Mike Ryan, LG-Gary Bardzak, C-Moe Petrus, RG-Adam Masters, LT-Kevin Friend seemingly spent the whole day together.

– WR Frank Guardi, the sophomore walk-on from New Fairfield, has switched numbers and is now sporting No. 82 (in place of his old 17).

– Pasqualoni informed (reminded) some of us that P Cole Wagner is now on scholarship.

– A few of the running backs had good days. D.J. Shoemate had a long TD run, and Jonathan Jean-Louis looked good at times, too.

– WR Kashif Moore made a couple of acrobatic catches from McEntee late in the day.

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Neill Ostrout

2 Responses

  1. Pete says:

    Thought all the QBs had their moments today. Nebrich had a long TD toss to Ryan Griffin, and McEntee connected on a nice out to Kashif Moore.

    To me this is still a horse race, but I will say that I thought McEntee had a lot of reps. I expected he may be the first QB eliminated from contention just because he’s not as much a dual-threat as the others. He showed good poise today.

  2. Rob says:

    Yea, Nebrich seemed to be getting alot of reps with the 1st team later in the morning…I think he’s going to get the nod too. But either way, the offense looked really inept except for a big play or two. Put them in a game situation and the D-line rush is not going to let them have as much time as it appeared they needed to go through their progressions…